current exhibition

MAJOR CONVERSATIONS
THEODORE MAJOR IN DIALOGUE WITH
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ARTISTS
4 OCTOBER - 9 NOVEMBER

Theodore Major in his studio, 1974. Courtesy Wigan and Leigh Archives

As heavy industry has declined in the North, our understanding of areas with a strong industrial heritage and identity are often distorted through a fog of political discourse and ideology. How can the arts contribute to the debate? 

Artists from across the North of England, have burrowed beneath the surface to uncover a social reality and lived experience, creating art that is not just heard but felt - art that both reflects and challenges. 

The exhibition will feature contemporary artists alongside the extraordinary work of Theodore Major; a painter who reflected the social & visual impact of heavy industry in Wigan. By juxtaposing Major’s beautiful but dystopian industrial landscapes alongside contemporary works of art, a reciprocal narrative of resilience and resistance emerges.

Exhibiting artists are

Bobby Benjamin, Emma Bennett, Tony Charles, Gordon Dalton, Nicola Ellis, Mary Griffiths, Faye Hadfield, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Theodore Major, Katie McGuire, Annie O’Donnell, Craig Oldham, Helen Pailing, Aaron Pearce, Connor Shields, Jo Stanness and Kraig Wilson.

The exhibition is the second stage of a touring project that began at Platform A, Middlesbrough and has been curated with Mark Parham.  

Nicola Ellis, artist, making work at Ritherdon Factory, Blackburn

Image Daniel Allison photography

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